Kristina Ripatti is the LAPD officer that was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty on June 3, 2006. Kristina came to international attention when Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the entire LAPD built her a new home as part of an ABC Television two-hour special.
Since her paralysis from the chest down, Kristina has completed the Boston Marathon, resumed surfing, and given birth to a healthy baby boy - Lucas.
Now, Kristina and her LAPD officer husband Tim Pearce will participate in the Race Across America to help raise awareness and funds for Operation Progress, a 10-year-old, LAPD based program that has quietly succeeded in sending young people from Los Angeles' heavily gang infested neighborhoods, to college.
Kristina's challenge is to complete the 3,000 mile, 14 state trek within the official time of 216 hours on her hand cycle. The Race will depart Camp Pendleton’s Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, California on June 12, 2010 and arrive at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on June 21, 2010.
Please join us at 2:00 pm along the parade route in support of this American Hero. Your media coverage of this cause would be greatly appreciated.
LA Daily News - http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_14667456
Follow Her Daily Progress Here - www.raceacrossamerica.org
Operation Progress - http://www.operationprogress.org/
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